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Nebraska Cornhuskers news: Travis Vokolek goes off, recruiting updates, and more



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Sep 18, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers tight end Travis Vokolek (83) in action during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Former Nebraska football player Travis Vokolek went off in the preseason, plus more Cornhuskers news.

There have been some Nebraska football players standing out in the NFL preseason and on Monday night, Travis Vokolek joined the club, catching two touchdowns for the Baltimore Ravens.

The first touchdown reception for the former Nebraska football tight end came on a 17-yard completion. Vokolek then scored again in the fourth quarter on an eight-yard reception.

Vokolek finished the game with three receptions for 28 yards but certainly had to help himself in his quest to make the Ravens’ 53-man roster. In the first preseason game, the former Nebraska Cornhuskers tight end caught two passes for 30 yards. Add in his blocking ability and he seems like a good fit for the league.

Nebraska football recruiting updates

Brandon Baker did an interview after his first high school game of the season and the five-star offensive tackle said he’ll make a decision soon after his official visit to the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sept. 16.

That provides a big opportunity for Nebraska. Getting the final visit, before a decision, definitely gives the Huskers a chance. Ohio State and Texas are the other contenders, along with Oregon and some other big-name programs.

But Matt Rhule was able to beat out Georgia for Carter Nelson. Who knows, maybe he can land a five-star tackle from California too. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have some momentum though, that’s for sure.

In other recruiting news, Grant Brix was reportedly going to decide this week. However, according to what his high school coach told Husker 247 on Sunday, a decision might or might not come this week.

Brix said he wanted to commit before the start of his high school season. That’s Friday, so we’ll see if a decision is coming. The latest we heard on Brix was that he was down to Nebraska football and Oklahoma. He’s the top player in Iowa in the 2024 class, as well as the No. 5 offensive tackle overall according to 247 Sports.

Casey Thompson named FAU’s starting quarterback

Former Nebraska football starting quarterback Casey Thompson has been named the starter for Florida Atlantic this season. He’s playing under former Texas head coach Tom Herman, so it’s not a big surprise.

Thompson was solid for Nebraska last season when he was on the field. He has a tremendous deep ball and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him have a really solid 2023 season.

I wish him nothing but the best.

Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska